Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Eriobotrya Lindl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 13: 96, 102 (1822)

Evergreen, unarmed shrubs or small trees;  stems spreading,  brown-tomentose when young.  Lvs usually clustered towards branchlet tips, sessile or short-petiolate, large, simple, serrate or rarely entire; stipules usually small, deciduous.  Infl. a terminal, broadly pyramidal panicle, usually tomentose.  Fls 5-merous, ☿, small, shortly pedicellate.  Hypanthium tubular, closed at apex.  Epicalyx 0.  Calyx of 5 persistent sepals.  Petals suborbicular, spreading to erect, white or cream.  Stamens (15)–20–(40).  Ovary inferior or semi-inferior;  carpels 2–5;  styles  2–5, fused at base;  ovules paired in each locule.  Fr. a moderately-sized to large fleshy pome, ovoid to ellipsoid or globular, with persistent calyx lobes;  carpel walls leathery;  seeds 1-few, large.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Eriobotrya Lindl.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
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